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Sunday, 1 December 2013

Review: Ghost The Musical at Sunderland Empire

Ghost The Musical Sunderland Empire 30-11-13


The power of theatre to both entertain and amaze an audience should never be underestimated. This show is based upon the popular 1990 film Ghost and it has taken advantage of the latest in special effects to add an extra wow factor.  The show does not just rely on flashy tricks and the strong cast deliver Bruce Joel Rubin’s book with passion.

The music by Glen Ballard and Sunderland’s own Dave Stewart includes a number of decent songs that help develop the relationship between Molly (Rebecca Trehearn) and Sam (Bradley Jaden). Both of these cast members have fantastic voices that conveyed the passion that the story requires. Special mention should also go to Wendy Mae Brown who provided much of Ghost’s comedic elements in her role as psychic Oda Mae Brown. 

Designer Rob Howell has put together a set which has enabled director Matthew Warchus to keep the pace going seamlessly. The memorable illusions add to a great story rather than being the only reason to watch the show. Whilst the cast may not be big names now, their ascendancy must only be a matter of time. This is one musical that is better than the film.

The show continues at the Sunderland Empire until Saturday 7th December. Tickets £10-£39.50

Sunderland Empire 26 November - 7 December 2013

Monday - Saturday 7.30pm, Wednesday & Saturday 2.30pm, Premium Seats Available.
Prices quoted are for tickets booked in person at the theatre Box Office.
Prices: £10 - £39.50
Tickets: Box Office: 0844 871 3022*

Birmingham The New Alexandra Theatre 17 December 2013 - 5 January 2014

Week 1: Tue - Sat 7.30pm, Wed & Sat 2.30pm, Sun 3pm

Week 2: Mon, Thu - Sat 7.30pm, Fri & Sat 2.30pm, Sun 3pm

Week 3: Tue - Sat 7.30pm, Tue, Thu, Sat 2.30pm, Sun 3pm
Prices quoted are for tickets booked in person at the theatre Box Office.
Prices: £10 - £39.50
Tickets: Box Office: 0844 871 3011*

Stoke On Trent Regent Theatre 8 - 18 January 2014

Monday - Saturday 7.30pm Thursday & Saturday 2.30pm
Prices quoted are for tickets booked in person at the theatre Box Office.
Prices: £10 - £37.50
Tickets: Box Office: 0844 871 7649*

Aberdeen His Majesty’s Theatre 21 January - 8 February 2014

Monday - Saturday 7.30pm Thursday 2.00pm Saturday 2.30pm
 Prices quoted are for tickets booked in person at the theatre Box Office.
Prices: £19.50 - £42.50
Tickets: Box Office: 01224 641122*

Liverpool Empire  11 - 22 February 2014

Monday - Saturday 7.30pm Wednesday & Saturday 2.30pm
Prices quoted are for tickets booked in person at the theatre Box Office.
Prices: £10 - £35.00
Tickets: Box Office: 0844 871 3017*

Oxford New Theatre 25 February - 8 March 2014

Monday - Saturday 7.30pm Wednesday & Saturday 2.30pm
Prices quoted are for tickets booked in person at the theatre Box Office.
Prices: £10 - £35.00
Tickets: Box Office: 0844 871 3020*

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Words: Stephen Oliver

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